Liverpool news – Reds must improve Shawcross bid, N’Gog’s move on hold, Carragher eyes Champions League return

Reds must improve Shawcross bid.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has targeted Stoke City central defender Ryan Shawcross, but will have to pay more than the £10m offer they are preparing, according to The Daily Mail.

The Potters have valued Shawcross at £18m and do not have to sell the 23-year-old, as they look to improve their squad ahead of the coming season. Dalglish is looking to improve his defence after a pre-season where his defence leaked 15 goals in five pre-season outings. If Dalglish cannot arrange a deal for Shawcross, he will look to Bolton central defender Gary Cahill, who has been valued at £17m by the Trotters.

Liverpool will offload defender Daniel Ayala, who is close to agreeing terms over a £500,000 move to Norwich. The Spanish defender was supposedly in talks with Hull and Swansea over a move, but the Canaries have pipped both clubs to Ayala and his move could be sealed at the start of next week.

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N’Gog’s move on hold.

Reds striker David N’Gog could remain at Anfield this season as Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is yet to find a replacement for the striker, The Mirror reports.

Dalglish has rejected a £4m offer from Bolton boss Owen Coyle, but a deal could be negotiated for Liverpool to bring Bolton defender Gary Cahill and use N’Gog as a makeweight in the deal. The 22-year-old was linked with Sunderland to be part of the deal that brought Jordan Henderson to Anfield, but negotiations between the Black Cats and Liverpool failed over the signing of N’Gog.

N’Gog played a part in 25 games in the Premier League for Liverpool last season, but was seen as a backup to the two Reds signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez following their January moves. If Liverpool can bring in a replacement for N’Gog, the Frenchman will be playing his football elsewhere this season.

Carragher eyes Champions League return.

Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told talkSPORT that he is desperate to get back into the Champions League.

The Reds have missed out on Europe’s elite competition for the past two seasons, but after the new summer signings and the rejuvenation of the side under Kenny Dalglish, Carragher is hopeful they can push themselves back into the top four.

Carragher said: “I’m desperate for the club to get back into the Champions League and if we start well, we’ll take it from there. If we start the season well and after a few months, we’re still up there with the top teams, why not look at that situation then?”

At 33, Carragher’s Anfield career is coming to an end and he is desperate to not only get back to the Champions League, but win a league title with his beloved Liverpool.

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